CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The world’s economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest and most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city action.
In 2021 we launched our new five-year strategy: Accelerating the Rate of Change - find out more here.
We want to see a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long term. We focus investors, companies, cities and governments on building a sustainable economy by measuring and acting on their environmental impact.
We must act urgently to prevent catastrophic climate change and the irreversible loss of nature and habitats. That starts by being aware of our impact so that investors, companies, cities and governments can make the right choices now.
In 2020, we celebrated our CDP’s 20th anniversary - watch our story now.
CDP was established as the ‘Carbon Disclosure Project’ in 2000, asking companies to disclose their climate impact. Since then, we have broadened the scope of environmental disclosure, to incorporate deforestation and water security, while also building our reach to support cities, states and regions. By shortening our name to ‘CDP’ (in 2013) we have been able to both preserve the global brand we were known for and address the necessity of understanding wider environmental impact.
In 2021 we launched a new strategy that expanded our horizons further still to cover all planetary boundaries. Our ambition continues to grow, expanding to new areas such as biodiversity, plastics and oceans, and recognising the interconnectedness of nature and earth’s systems.
CDP Global is an international non-profit organization comprising of CDP Worldwide Group, CDP North America, Inc. and CDP Europe AISBL. It is directed by a board of trustees and board of directors respectively. As an international organization, CDP receives funding support from a wide range of sources.
CDP have regional offices and local partners spanning 50 countries. There are now companies, cities, states and regions from over 90 countries disclosing through CDP on an annual basis.